Found March 10, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes homered, walked and singled in his first major league game, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Manny Ramirez went 0 for 3 in his return to the lineup after missing a few days because of lower back stiffness. Cespedes walked on five pitches in his first at-bat against Johnny Cueto. He singled in his second at bat and crushed a long home run off Jeff Francis after fouling off several pitches. Bartolo Colon pitched four innings, allowing one run on four hits in his second spring start. He struck out four. Colon's first start is scheduled for March 29 when the A's play Seattle in Japan. Cueto, the Reds opening day starter, allowed three runs and five hits - two earned - in two innings.

Manny says retiring was mistake

Call it another curious chapter in the often puzzling career of Manny Ramirez. While Ramirez concedes he made a mistake when he abruptly retired last April, his mistake looks even bigger in hindsight. Ramirez, it turns out, was not certain to be suspended 100 games after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs with the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training. Baseball officials...

Manny Ramirez making most of second chance

A bat in his hands and a smile on his face, Manny Ramirez bounded through the Oakland Athletics' clubhouse Saturday hollering, ''I'm back in the lineup! I'm back in the lineup!'' Yes, Manny is back. The sullied slugger with the long dreadlocks and red do-rag is getting a do-over. He's trying to make it back to the major leagues a year after retiring...

Who's hot and who's not in spring training

Denis Phipps has enjoyed a solid spring thus far Believe it or not, the Redlegs (4-4-1) are already a quarter of the way through their Spring Training schedule. And while the preseason isn't exactly a good indicator of regular season success, it does carry serious implications for a lot of players just trying to make the roster. With that in mind here are the players turning...

Reds announce Aaron Boone as Grand Marshal of parade

For the parade on Opening Day this year, the Reds have selected former third baseman Aaron Boone to be the Grand Marshall. One can only look forward to the year when Sean Marshal is chosen. Grand Marshal Marshal. It has a certain Catch-22 ring to it. The Cincinnati Reds and Findlay Market announce that Reds great and ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone will be the Grand Marshal of the...

2012 projections: Scott Rolen

The Cincinnati third basemen is pursuing another productive and non-injury filled season in '12 Scott Rolen is one of those few players in Major League Baseball who can positively impact a team off the field. However, if given the choice the Reds would much rather have him impact the team on the field in 2012. A shoulder ailment limited the Jasper, In. native to just 65...

Monday news and notes

I have set up a Bracket Challenge for the NCAA Tournament for the website. No cash prize, but if you win you get a PDF version of the 2012 Prospect Guide. If you already have one, then play for bragging rights! If you want to play, click here. The bracket is public, so anyone can join and there is no password needed (unless I totally screwed something up). Here is how the prospects...

AP Source: A's minor leaguer faces suspension

A person with knowledge of the situation says Oakland Athletics minor leaguer Jason Pridie faces a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details of failed drug tests aren't made public, said Friday that the 28-year-old Pridie's infraction was for a drug of abuse rather than a performance-enhancing...

Jose Canseco headlines a busy day for drug officials

Jose Canseco, who has been busy on Twitter with his usual rants, has been suspended by the Mexican League for refusing to take a drug test. According to ESPN, Quintana Roo Tigers team president said “doping-control doctors advised Canseco against taking the test because he was using a medicine to produce testosterone”.  Canseco has been pledging his innocence claiming that...

Cespedes' A's debut 'Dream come true'

Finally, Yoenis Cespedes got to have fun at the ballpark again -- and he enjoyed every second of it. Signed by the Oakland A's to the biggest contract ever given a Cuban player, Cespedes was able to put the seven months of uncertainty following his defection behind him on Saturday afternoon. A week after finalizing the four-year, $36 million deal with the A's, Cespedes...

Former Mets OF Jason Pridie suspended 50 games for violating minor-league drug program

The New York Mets left Jason Pridie off their 40-man roster in November, making him a free agent and available to sign with another team.  The 28-year-old outfielder caught on with the Oakland Athletics on a minor league deal, but his chances of making the club may have gone out the window with news that he has been suspended for 50 games. #bbpBox_178173163774033920 a { text-decoration...

Reds outlast the Angels

On a gorgeous 78-degree and sunny day in Arizona, the Reds (4-3-1) beat the Angels (5-4) 5-4, as newly acquired Mat Latos made the start, while former Reds' nemesis and new Halo Albert Pujols did not play. Here are the good, the bad, and the notables from a lazy Sunday: The Good: -Dioner Navarro had a good day going 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. -Miguel Cairo made the...

Duffy makes first spring start

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Scott Rolen singled in a run to help a Cincinnati Reds split squad beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Friday. Rolen's health is a key for Cincinnati after the veteran third baseman played in only 65 games for the Reds last season. He had surgery on his left shoulder in July. Rolen has five hits in nine at-bats this spring and appears to be mobile in...

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